- East Kentwood 1-0
- Rockford 0-1
- Grandville 1-0
- Hudsonville 1-0
- Grand Haven 1-0
- Mona Shores 1-0
- Caledonia 1-0
- Portage Central 1-0
- Traverse City Central 1-0
- Muskegon Reeths-Puffer 1-0
- Kalamazoo Loy-Norrix 1-0
- Portage Northern 0-1
- Forest Hills Central 0-1
- Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills 0-1
- Wyoming 0-1
- Muskegon 0-1
- Lowell 0-1
- Grand Rapids Christian 1-0
- Forest Hills Northern 1-0
- East Grand Rapids 1-0
- Petoskey 1-0
- Gaylord 1-0
- Stevensville Lakeshore 1-0
- Cedar Springs 0-1
- Byron Center 1-0
- Zeeland West 1-0
- Comstock Park 1-0
- Grand Rapids South Christian 0-1
- Grand Rapids Catholic Central 0-1
- Paw Paw 1-0
- Edwardsburg 1-0
- Plainwell 1-0
- Hudsonville Unity Christian 1-0
- Coopersville 1-0
- Forest Hills Eastern 1-0
- Muskegon Oakridge 1-0
- Grand Rapids West Catholic 0-1
- Hopkins 1-0
- Big Rapids 1-0
- Berrien Springs 1-0
- Montague 1-0
- Reed City 1-0
- Grayling 1-0
- Buchanan 1-0
- Grant 1-0
- Boyne City 1-0
- Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian 1-0
- Ravenna 1-0
- Montague 1-0
- Schoolcraft 1-0
- Charlevoix 1-0
- Constantine 0-1
- Watervliet 1-0
- Fennville 1-0
- Pine River 1-0
- Traverse City St. Francis 1-0
- Saugatuck 1-0
- North Muskegon 1-0
- Decatur 1-0
- Gobles 1-0
- McBain 1-0
- Maple City Glen Lake 1-0
- Hesperia 1-0
- Cassopolis 1-0
- Bridgman 1-0
- Muskegon Catholic Central 0-1
- Johannesburg-Lewiston 1-0
- Onekama 1-0
- Frankfort 0-1
- Fife Lake Forest Area 1-0
Lake Area Offensive Player of the Week
James Cooper 6-3 170 Sr WR Muskegon Oakridge: No receiver in Lake Area history caught more TDs in a game than Cooper’s six from junior QB Brady Luttrell in Oakridge’s statement defeat of Muskegon Catholic Central. At 6-3 he created a matchup problem that Oakridge exploited relentlessly, as Cooper’s six scores of six, four, 24, three, 27 and 30 yards, were one off the state record. The Lake Area record of five was shared by Johannesburg-Lewiston’s Nelson David in 1999, Ottawa Hills’ Sergio Pinto in 2000 and Kalamazoo Christian’s Joel Lindner in 2007. Cooper finished with 10 catches for 130 yards as Oakridge’s 45-26 triumph ended Catholic Central’s 26-game winning streak.
Lake Area Defensive Players of the Week
Kobe Burse 6-2 190 Sr DB/WR & Hunter Broersma 6-1 180 Sr DB/WR Mona Shores: They each had more defensive TDs individually than West Ottawa’s offense could mount in totum as the Sailors rolled 55-0. Burse recovered a fumble and Broersma returned a pick 91 yards for a TD. They also did it on offense, with Burse catching and Broersma running for a score. Both players are committed to the MAC, Burse to Miami and Broersma to Western Michigan.
Lake Area Northern Michigan Player of the Week
Jared McLean 5-9 170 Jr RB/DB Charlevoix: He’d already had what many would consider a good day when he brought back Elk Rapids’ opening kick for an 85-yard TD. But that wasn’t even his longest score. That came on a 93-yard run, one of five rushing touchdowns as McLean carried the ball just 10 times for 298 yards. He also made 10 tackles as Charlevoix beat the Elks 53-30.
Lake Area Small School Player of the Week
Spencer Peterson 6-5 225 Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian: He had some strong competition from another QB, Saugatuck junior Blake Dunn, but it’s tough to ignore the tying of a state record. That came when Peterson ran for five first-quarter touchdowns against Hamtramck in the opening game of the Gridiron Classic at Grand Valley State. He added another, his longest of the afternoon 37 yards, in the second quarter. He ran 18 times for 189 yards in NorthPointe’s 55-20 win. Peterson becomes the fifth player in state history to score five times in a quarter and the third from the Lake Area. Mona Shores’ Lawrence Kimble did it against Zeeland East in 2005 as did Johannesburg-Lewiston’s Marcus Ewing against Bellaire in 1999.
Lake Area Coach of the Week
John Shillito, Zeeland West: The resume speaks for itself. Shillito has already been in the state football coaches’ hall of fame for a decade and won 240 games and three state titles. West’s 42-34 defeat of Oak Park in the Gridiron Classic was yet another impressive victory. The Dux’ wing-T moved the ball at will in the first half, scoring on every possession. Oak Park has a state championship coach of its own, Greg Carter, and the Knights, their roster heavy on FBS recruits, came out with a five-man front in the second half. That slowed down a bit an all-new offensive line. Until Shillito began to exploit what emerged as the strength of that group, 6-4, 235 senior Zach VanValkenburg at right tackle and 6-3, 250 junior tight end Connor Chupailo. VanValkenburg is a three-year defensive starter but a newcomer to offense and Chupailo was making his first career start. West ran not just off tackle, but sprung some big gains around Chupailo as well as the clinched the game in the fourth quarter.
Class of 2016
Christian Boyd 6-2 270 Sr DL Muskegon Mona Shores: Defensive MVP of the LMFR’s spring combine and the top 2016 prospect in the Lake Area without an FBS offer … which is kind of hard to believe if you saw him in last season’s D2 state final. Boyd is explosive off the grass, has violent hands, second and third effort and uses that bubble butt to generate power. Consistent effort instead of flashes this season will be key. While undersized for tackle, at only 16 with the season starting, his best football is ahead of him.
Tyler Lamica 6-3 205 Sr LB Grand Rapids Christian: He closed 2014 with a flourish, 16 tackles against St. Johns in the Division 3 playoffs. As an outside linebacker Lamica had five sacks and recovered two fumbles as a junior. He’s quick and fluid, but you can expect to find more helmets on him this season as he’s GR Christian’s leading returning tackler. There need to be 15-20 more pounds between now and the first practice at whatever college campus he finds himself. Lamica and his Eagles teammates won’t lack for ample chances at quality video, their schedule is among the state’s toughest with South Christian, Muskegon, Hudsonville and Zeeland East in addition to the always rugged league slate that includes Lowell, Caledonia and East Grand Rapids.
Brent Murray 5-11 195 Sr RB/LB Petoskey: The Northmen are the favorite in the Big North and feature the league’s most talented backfield, with fullback Murray having run for 1,300 yards and 22 TDs in 2014; senior Garrett Lundteigen is a big-play threat (he had the Northmen’s only TD in their playoff loss to Muskegon); and 6-3, 210 senior QB Evan Whitmore has the athleticism and intangibles to play somewhere in college even if not under center. Murray tested as the strongest player at the LMFR’s combine last March in Grand Rapids, and then caught the ball well at the LMFR’s Traverse City camp in May.
Spencer Peterson 6-5 225 Sr QB Grand Rapids NorthPointe: The last time we saw Peterson in pads it was in 2013 for Forest Hills Northern in a one-point Division 3 district final loss to Grand Rapids Christian. He could end up one of the Lake Area’s fastest rising prospects if he produces after a year off with his transfer from Forest Hills Northern. Supply and demand are on Peterson’s side because the 2016 class lacks big pocket passers other than he and Holland’s 6-6, 205 Wade Buckman. Peterson has the better arm and is a good athlete — he could be a small college basketball player if not a scholarship QB. As a sophomore he completed 34-of-84 passes for 631 yards and 6 TDs. Another transfer QB who set out last year and is poised for a big season is 6-1, 190 senior Lucas Fotis of Grand Rapids Christian.
Ian VandenBerg 6-1 190 Sr ATH Paw Paw: As good as Paw Paw QB Jay Doll was, it’s not like he ws getting the ball to chumps. VandenBerg has one of the most impressive combinations of speed and power in the Lake Area, a threat as a runner or receiver. The proof is ink, he holds school records with a 99-yard TD and both the 100 and 200 meter dashes in the spring. And he’s one of the most recruit-able players, with 4.5 speed and a 4.0 gpa.
Michael Williams 5-8 170 Sr ATH Wyoming: Even on a 1-8 team Williams’ talent stood out. Put him at, say, Zeeland West and he’d be a 1,500 yard, 30 TD running back. He’s one of the Lake Area’s fastest players with 4.4 speed, then adds to the package with a 36″ vertical. He was a major YAC threat as a junior with 47 catches for 900 yards and eight TDs. He was also Wyoming’s top defensive player as a strong safety/outside linebacker.
Class of 2017
John Pupel 6-1 180 Jr ATH Traverse City Central: A possible “three-way” player for TC Central as he’ll share time at QB with senior Reagan Cotton, play running back when he’s not, and his college position is at safety. Pupel was outstanding at the LMFR’s Northern Michigan exposure camp, when he ran a 4.68 second 40 and 4.28 second pro agility.
DL Corey Malone Hatcher 6-3 245 Jr St. Joseph: The Lake Area’s No. 1 prospect in the 2017 class, recruited as a defensive end but has also starred at middle line backer for St. Joe. He has over a dozen offers, including Alabama, MSU, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Penn State and UM.
DL Christian Boyd 6-3 285 Sr Muskegon Mona Shores: A three-year starter and probably the top performer for the Sailors in last year’s state final. Boyd was Defensive MVP at the LMFR spring combine and could be one of as many as five FBS recruits in Mona’s senior class.
DL Carl Myers 6-3 250 Sr Grand Rapids West Catholic: Has any team had a better run on defensive linemen than West Catholic with Dan Green, Mitchell Stanitzek and Bryce Witham? All are different players, Myers an interior brawler who has started on consecutive state championship teams. He’s a two-way starter and state champion shot putter.
DL Johnathan Berghorst 6-3 255 Jr Zeeland East: Slowed by injury last fall, showed just how good he was on the camp circuit. Added size and strength have turned Berghorst from a MAC defensive end recruit to a likely Big Ten tackle prospect. He has offers from Illinois and WMU.
LB Zack VanValkenburg 6-4 235 Sr Zeeland West: He’ll be a third-year starter and the Dux are 25-2 in that time. He switched from D end as an underclassman to middle linebacker in 2014 and made 97 tackles. The Ivy League recruit will also start at offensive tackle.
LB Dom Shermeta 6-0 215 Sr Muskegon Mona Shores: He was the leading tackler for the Division 3 state runner-up. He’s put on 10 pounds since then, and will also start at running back for the Sailors.
LB Luke Sage 6-0 185 Sr Boyne City: He was the defensive leader for the Division 6 semifinalists Ramblers. Sage had 142 tackles, including 10 sacks, two interceptions and four fumble recoveries.
DB Jamari Booker 6-0 175 Sr East Kentwood: Strong safety who can also play outside linebacker in a Falcons’ defense that favors speed over size. He had 72 tackles including four sacks as a junior and ran a 4.6 40 at the LMFR’s spring combine.
DB Tyler Bradfield 6-0 190 Jr Rockford: He led Rockford with 81 tackles. A versatile, athletic playmaker who also had two picks, blocked a kick and returned a fumble for a TD. Ran a 4.6 40 at the LMFR spring combine.
DB Dante Razzano 6-2 190 Sr Edwardsburg: He made five picks at cornerback in 2014. Razzano is also one of the Lake Area’s top QBs with 1,230 yards total offense and 23 TDs.
DB Marlon Dorsey 6-1 165 Sr East Kentwood: Cornerback had what would have been a good season for many in just the 2014 regional final with three picks against Hudsonville. He had 65 tackles and five interceptions for the year.
- DL Gabe Bauman 6-3 245 Sr Rockford
- DL Nate Umlor 6-6 240 Jr Allendale
- DL Taylor Woodwyk 6-2 250 Sr Hudsonville
- DL Jon Pierre Nkolo 6-3 220 Sr East Kentwood
- LB Michael Holdship 6-0 215 Sr Cadillac
- LB Nate Jones 6-0 200 Sr Muskegon Catholic Central
- LB Terrion Hill-McKay 6-1 205 Sr Muskegon
- LB Evan Plate 6-3 220 Jr Greenville
- DB Kobe Burse 6-2 190 Sr Muskegon Mona Shores
- DB Darece Robertson 5-10 160 Jr Muskegon Mona Shores
- DB Keyante Carpenter 5-9 175 Sr Muskegon
OL Jacob Cerny 6-5 290 Sr Traverse City West: TC West may have lost one Big Ten tackle, MSU pledge Thiyo Lukusa, for his senior season to New Jersey, but returns another Big Ten tackle in Cerny, who recently committed to Illinois.
OL Michael VanHoeven 6-5 305 Sr Paw Paw: He’s a two-time all-conference guard for the Redskins and was Offensive MVP of the LMFR’s spring combine. VanHoeven has committed to EMU.
OL Derices Brown 6-2 275 Sr Muskegon: He’s started at guard for two straight state finalist teams. Also a productive defensive tackle.
OL Trenton Fincher 6-8 315 Sr East Kentwood: EK will be looking for a leader on the O Line with center John Keenoy matriculating to WMU. Fincher has an offer from EMU and recently visited Wisconsin.
OL Kyle Augustine 6-3 315 Sr Gaylord: The Big North is an offensive line hotbed, and here’s another prospect. Augustine has been a stalwart in the resurgence of the Blue Devils’ program under Will Cleaver. He’s a big-time run blocker at right tackle.
QB Jake Martin 5-11 175 Sr Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern: He led the Huskies to the playoffs in 2014, and they look to get past their Cedar Springs bane in 2015. Martin completed 90-of-131 passes for 1,289 and 10 TDs while rushing 122 times for 917 yards and 12 TDs. He’s also a standout in the defensive backfield.
RB Monterio Smith 5-10 175 Sr Comstock Park: He got stronger as his junior season went on and finished having rushed 105 times for 1,140 yards and 12 TDs. Smith also caught 4 TD passes.
RB Nolan Meekhof 6-1 220 Sr Grandville: One of the top all-around football athletes in the Lake Area. He missed the first three games last season with a hamstring injury but closed strong to finish the season with 145 carries for 984 yards and eight TDs.
TE Keegan Cossou 6-5 220 Jr Greenville: He caught six TDs last season. Also a standout on the defensive line. Cossou has offers from CMU and Toledo.
WR Gabe Steed 6-1 175 Sr Lowell: He’s been making big plays for the Red Arrows since he was called up late in his sophomore season. In his first year as a full-time varsity starter Steed caught 34 passes for 818 yards and 10 TDs. He also scored TDs on interception and kickoff returns.
WR Hunter Broersma 6-1 180 Sr Muskegon Mona Shores: He missed Mona Shores’ 2014 state final because of an illness, and the Sailors certainly missed his game-breaking athleticism on defense, offense and special teams. He scored seven TDs last season and made five interceptions. He’s committed to WMU.
Second Team Offense
- OL Juanye Johnson 6-4 275 Sr Muskegon
- OL Mike Bordeaux 6-3 255 Sr Muskegon Mona Shores
- OL Karson Murley 6-1 280 Sr Lowell
- OL Jake Boonstra 6-3 285 Sr Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills
- OL Ben Sherwin 6-5 240 Jr Traverse City Central
- QB Pat Naughton 6-2 190 Sr Comstock Park
- RB Brent Murray 5-11 195 Sr Petoskey
- RB Ian VandenBerg 6-1 185 Sr Paw Paw
- TE Sam Matthews 6-2 180 Sr East Grand Rapids
- WR Daryn Snow 6-3 190 Sr Portage Northern
- WR Adam Farah 6-1 165 Sr Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern
The Lake Michigan Football Report’s Northern Michigan Exposure Camp in the past two seasons saw prospects like David Walker (Harbor Springs/Harvard) and Traverse City West’s Jacob Cerny, who has MAC and Illinois offers, show out and begin their ascent to become highly coveted prospects. While there may not have been any singular player with that kind of talent at the 2015 workout in Traverse City, there were numerous future college players competing on Thirlby Field under the eyes and tutelage of GLIAC, MIAA and NAIA coaches.
The highest-ranked player coming in was Cadillac’s versatile two-way junior Michael Holdship. An All-Lake Area D lineman, and standout running back, from the Vikings, he’s probably a Mike linebacker in the GLIAC and trending towards the MAC as Holdship ran 4.62 in the 40 at 6-0, 215. He was part of a strong contingent of Big North linebackers. Traverse City West junior Jack Mikula has an ideal frame at 6-2, 200 and didn’t just run well in the 40, 4.58 seconds, but showed game speed as he was smooth and closed well in pass coverage drills. Petoskey’s 5-11, 194 junior Brent Murray tested very well at the Lake Michigan Football Report Spring Combine in Grand Rapids, and looked good on the field here. The linebacker ran a 4.85 40 while showing the hands to make him a possible fullback at the next level. The Northmen were well-represented as 5-9, 160 defensive back Garrett Lundteigen had a 4.62 40 and 6-1, 240 sophomore Craig Ladd has some potential.
Another standout Big North defender, and just a sophomore, is TC Central defensive back John Pupel. 6-1, 180, he ran a 4.68 40 and 4.28 pro agility. His offensive counterpart as a promising 2017 receiver was Kody Burton, a 6-3, 165 sophomore from Bridgeport. Lanky and smooth more than a blazer, but did a good job high-pointing the ball.
The fastest 40-yard dash in TC belonged to Andre Jones, 4.55 seconds. Last fall he and Jon Green gave Reed City one of the Lake Area’s top rushing backfields regardless school size. Jones looks more than equipped to carry a larger load in 2015. In one-on-ones he repeatedly slipped behind defenders to pull in long throws. The top underclassman playmaker was Joshua Atwell, a 5-11, 170 sophomore from Grandville who had the fastest pro shuttle in camp, 4.15 seconds, and ran a 4.65 40. He makes plays as a kick returner, runner and receiver and looks capable of filling Brian Cappiello’s role with the Bulldogs as the finesse big-play complement to big back Nolan Meekhof, a top 10 senior in the Lake Area. The coaches really liked another Grandville sophomore at camp 6-1, 250 lineman Levi Seeley. Another outstanding playmaker was Jacob Mitrak, a 5-10, 186 junior who made the trip from L’anse Creuse North. He was quick in and out of routes and may project best as a slot receiver.
After two overloaded QB classes, there are a dearth of college-tracked signal callers in the Lake Area’s 2016 class. That makes Traverse City St. Francis’ 6-2, 195 junior Joe Coates intriguing. He had the camp’s top time in the pro shuttle, 4.15 seconds. Less surprising than under center is finding a promising young player on the Gladiators’ offensive line, and there is such a candidate in 6-3, 280 sophomore Dominic Hathaway. He looked more comfortable at guard than tackle and was pretty consistent keeping his hands in and getting some punch. He took coaching well and applied it, and perhaps not coincidentally has a near 4.0 gpa.
Onekama’s Jonas LaMont, a 6-2, 190 junior, represented the small school ranks well, as he had the pass rush variety and polish more likely found at a Class A school. Another small school kid who has the goods to do it anywhere, running the ball, is Mancelona’s 5-8, 185 junior Chase Ritchie, who ran 4.69 seconds in the 40 and accelerated well after the catch.
OL Levi Seeley 6-1 250 So Grandville
OL Jacob Lechner 6-3 265 Jr Harbor Springs
OL Dominic Hathaway 6-3 280 So Traverse City St. Francis
OL Cameron Seitsma 6-2 285 Jr Fremont
OL Jacob Cabinaw 6-1 265 Jr Traverse City Central
QB Tai Allen 5-11 160 So Manistee
RB Andre Jones 5-6 165 Jr Reed City
RB Joshua Atwell 5-11 170 So Grandville
TE Tanner Kruzel 6-0 200 Jr Boyne City
WR Jacob Mitrak 5-10 186 Jr L’anse Creuse North
WR Kody Burton 6-3 185 So Bridgeport
DL Chase Bouscher 5-9 270 Jr Sault Ste. Marie
DL Skyler Dunkley 5-11 255 Jr Traverse City West
DL Nate Lay 6-0 250 Jr Zeeland West
LB Michael Holdship 6-0 215 Jr Cadillac
LB Jack Mikula 6-2 200 Jr Traverse City West
LB Jonas LaMont 6-2 190 Jr Onekama
LB Brent Murray 5-11 194 Jr Petoskey
LB Alec Trautman 6-1 205 So Elk Rapids
DB John Pupel 6-1 180 So Traverse City Central
DB Jalen Raniga 5-11 170 So Grandville
DB Garrett Lundteigan 5-9 180 Jr Petoskey
DL Christian Boyd 6-3 285 Jr Muskegon Mona Shores MVP
DL Brenden Bott 6-4 255 Jr Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills
DL Taylor Woodryk 6-1 235 Jr Hudsonville
LB Jamari Booker 6-0 175 Jr East Kentwood
LB Brent Murray 5-11 194 Sr Petoskey
LB Taylor VanDyke 6-3 195 Jr Cedar Springs
LB Ethan Hart 6-0 198 So Hastings
DB Tyler Bradfield 6-0 190 Jr Rockford
DB Walker Christoffersen 5-9 165 So Muskegon Catholic Central
DB Michael Williams 5-8 165 Jr Wyoming
DB Luke Bakker 6-0 180 Jr West Ottawa
OL Michael VanHoeven 6-5 302 Jr Paw Paw MVP
OL Alex Fowler 6-1 232 Jr Greenville
OL Jake Boonstra 6-3 285 Jr Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills
OL Mark Brooks 6-7 265 Jr Portland
OL Josiah VanTil 6-3 235 So Middleville
QB Jake Martin 6-0 180 Jr Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern
RB Ian VanDenBerg 6-1 185 Jr Paw Paw
RB LaTommy Scott 5-7 160 So Muskegon Catholic Central
TE Sam Matthews 6-2 180 Jr East Grand Rapids
WR Jacob Buchberger 6-1 196 Jr Montague
WR Samuel Neville 6-3 190 So Grand Rapids West Catholic
There’s a lot of crossover between the top performers in the vertical leap and power ball toss from The Lake’s spring combine. Two of the most versatile athletes at the combine were Ian VanDenBerg, a 6-1, 185 RB/WR from Paw Paw, and Muskegon Catholic Central sophomore Walker Christoffersen. VanDenBerg was second in both the vertical leap and power ball toss, after being mentioned previously for his 4.5 40 time. Wyoming junior Michael Williams had the top vertical leap, 35 1/2″ inches, after posting the fastest 40 time of 4.44 seconds.
Montague’s Jacob Buchberger will be a three-year, two-way starter for Montague who ran for 10 TDs in five games as a junior. Buchberger was in the top 10 in both as was another from a Divisoin 5 school, Grand Rapids West Catholic sophomore David Fox who was a two-way standout (and punter) for the state champions.
Brent Murray, a 5-11, 194 junior from Petoskey, had some monster games running the ball for the Northmen last fall. He was first in the power ball with a toss of 44 feet and third with a vertical leap of 34 3/4″. More powerful than quick so projects as a middle linebacker or fullback, but Murray did have his moments in pass coverage in one-on-one reps. Anthony Hum, an Alma sophomore, was one of the camp’s to underclassman performers, with a top 10 showing in both.
LMFR Combine Top 10 Standing Vertical Leap:
- 35 1/2″ Michael Williams 5-8 165 Jr WR/DB Wyoming
- 35″ Ian VanDenBerg 6-1 185 Jr RB/WR Paw Paw
- 34 3/4″ Brent Murray 5-11 194 Jr RB/LB Petoskey
- 33 1/3″ David Fox 6-1 201 So DB/QB Grand Rapids West Catholic
- 33 1/2″ Walker Christoffersen 5-9 165 So ATH Muskegon Catholic Central
- 33″ Christopher Chin 5-10 190 So RB/LB Byron Center
- 32 3/4″ Sam Matthews 6-2 180 Jr WR/TE East Grand Rapids
- 31 1/2″ Shane Foster 6-1 205 Jr ATH Gaylord
- 31 3/4″ Anthony Humm 6-0 170 So RB/DB Alma
- 31 1/2″ Jacob Buchberger 6-1 186 Jr QB/WR Montague
- 31 1/2″ Jordan Gamage 5-11 165 Jr Sterling Heights
LMFR Combine Top 10 Power Ball Toss:
- 44’0 Brent Murray 5-11 194 Jr RB/LB Petoskey
- 42’6 Ian VanDenBerg 6-1 185 Jr RB/WR Paw Paw
- 41’2 Taylor Woodwyk 6-1 235 Jr DL Hudsonville
- 39’5 Jacob Buchberger 6-1 185 Jr QB/WR Montague
- 39’5 Jake Boonstra 6-3 285 Jr OL Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills
- 39’4 Sam Matthews 6-2 180 Jr WR/TE East Grand Rapids
- 39’0 Anthony Humm 6-0 170 So RB/DB Alma
- 38’7 Clay Coltson 6-1 180 Jr QB Hastings
- 38’5 David Fox 6-1 201 So DB/QB Grand Rapids West Catholic
- 38’2 Bryce Henkey 6-0 180 RB/DB East Grand Rapids
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Wyoming junior Michael Williams, Paw Paw junior Ian VanDenBerg and Muskegon Catholic Central sophomore Walker Christoffersen dominated the speed, quickness and explosions portions of the 2015 Lake Michigan Football Report Combine. Williams, at 5-8, 165, had the top 40-yard dash time of 4.44 and highest vertical jump at 35 1/2 inches. The will just reload at Muskegon Catholic as Christoffersen, at 5-9, 165, had the fastest pro agility 3.98 seconds while running a 4.56 40 and jumpering 33 1/2″. What you liked about him, particularly as an underclassman, is that the quickness from the tests was still evident when doing it against a defender in drills. Christofferson’s teammate, running back heir apparent LaTommy Scott, was also in the top 10 in both the 40 and pro agility. Portage Central’s 5-11, 190 junior Brandon Sturgeon was also a top 10 performer in both. The most physically ready player and breakout prospect from this combine was VanDenBerg. He is Paw Paw’s school record holder in the 100 and 200 meters and showed not just the wheels but the ability to show hands on the fly in one-on-ones after running a 4.56 40 with a vertical jump of 35″. That latter was on display in drills with how he could adjust and make plays on the ball at a plane beyond the DBs. What separates him is that along with the speed VanDenBerg had the second-longest power ball toss of the combine, 42’6. Not just an “Underwear Olympics” guy, VDB had a legit junior season for Paw Paw, including a 99-yard TD run and a 94-yard kickoff return TD.
LMFR Combine Top 10 40-yd Dash:
- 4.44 seconds Michael Williams 5-8 165 Jr RB/DB Wyoming
- 4.56 Ian VandenBerg 6-1 185 Jr RB/WR Paw Paw
- 4.56 Isaac Kozak 5-9 130 So DB/WR Rochester Stoney Creek
- 4.60 Walker Christoffersen 5-9 165 So ATH Muskegon Catholic Central
- 4.62 Jamari Booker 6-0 175 DB/LB East Kentwood
- 4.69 Tyler Bradfield 6-0 190 Jr DB/RB Rockford
- 4.70 LaTommy Scott 5-7 170 So RB Muskegon Catholic Central
- 4.71 Bryce Henkey 6-0 180 DB/RB East Grand Rapids
- 4.71 Brandon Sturgeon 5-11 190 Jr ATH Portage Central
- 4.72 Jordan Gamage 5-11 165 Jr DB Sterling Heights
LMFR Combine Top 10 Pro Agility:
- 3.98 seconds Walker Christoffersen 5-9 165 So ATH Muskegon Catholic Central
- 4.06 Jared Yarbrough 5-7 165 Jr WR Paw Paw
- 4.25 Sam Matthews 6-2 180 Jr WR/TE East Grand Rapids
- 4.29 Nolan Fugate 5-11 160 Fr DB/QB Grand Rapids Catholic Central
- 4.31 Jacob Buchberger 6-1 186 Jr QB/WR Montague
- 4.31 Evan Whitmore 6-3 187 Jr ATH Petoskey
- 4.33 Joshua Atwell 5-11 179 So RB/WR Grandville
- 4.33 LaTommy Scott 5-7 160 So RB Muskegon Catholic Central
- 4.33 Nathan Manthey 5-8 156 Jr Bangor
- 4.33 Brandon Sturgeon 5-11 190 Jr ATH Portage Central
- 4.33 Josh Lamphere 6-1 175 LB/TE Dowagiac